Thursday, December 17, 2009
We wish to commend the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for collaborating with the Banjul City Council, the Kanifing Municipal Council, the office of the Inspector General of Police and the Vetenary unit, in controlling the stray animals in the society.
This move has indeed come at a much better time. As a matter of fact, the growing number of abandoned and roaming animals expecially dogs, have become a problem in society. More often than not, we are confronted with news that a stray animal has disturbed the free flow of the normal order of society as they either obstruct traffic or pose threat to people’s health. Such an intervention will therefore provide the enabling environment for people to live a decent society.
We have to understand that the high presence of stray animals in society could pose negative consequences to the society. The menace of stray animals on roads can cause terrifying distraction that can lead to serious road accidents. People could also be exposed to health hazards like rabies caused dogs.
Dishearteningly animals are left to fend for themselves, and as such they move about unrestricted looking for what to eat. The result is that different kinds of animals such as goats, sheep, dogs, cats and cows, among others, move about in search of food without any control. There have been cases where some of these animals caused accidents, particularly when they suddenly appear from nowhere crossing the roads and streets and run into fast-moving vehicles. The stray animal menace is life-threatening. It is not surprising therefore that the concern authorities felt the need to put an end to the menace.
However, as the authorities perform their duties, the people must also be cooperative to ensure that the efforts yield fruits. No animal, regardless of its nature drops from the sky; all our domestic animals have owners. When stray animals start running in the streets, they adopt a gang mentality and do things they wouldn't as a pets home. Even pet like dogs that are allowed to run together with others can be dangerous to humans and other animals; if we fail to keep our animals at home, then it means we are having total disregard for our neighbors' rights to live unimpeded by the dogs.
We also hope that the concerned authorities will also ensure that not only menace of stray animals are taken care of but insane people as well. Persons who are mentally disabled can also be as harmful as the stray animals. Besides, it is our responsibility to ensure that society produces an environment where people will not have any threat with regards to their lives.
Ensuring that persons with mental disability are reported and taken to the Campama Psychiatrict Unit in time will contribute greatly to that respect. Once again we commend the authorities for the foresight and as well called on the general public to be cooperative in that regard.
Author: Daily Observer